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Alexander Anderson Jr. dies at 90; created TV cartoon characters Rocky, Bullwinkle and others
Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | October 26, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times

Posted on 10/26/2010 1:35:36 AM PDT by thecodont

Alexander Anderson Jr., a pioneer television cartoonist who created the landmark duo of Crusader Rabbit and Rags the Tiger and two of TV's most enduring characters, Rocky and Bullwinkle, has died. He was 90.

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The nephew of Paul Terry, whose Terrytoons cartoons included "Mighty Mouse" and "Heckle and Jeckle," the Berkeley-born Anderson had apprenticed at his uncle's studio in New Rochelle, N.Y., as a young man before serving in World War II and returned to work there after the war.

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Anderson then teamed up with his childhood friend and former UC Berkeley fraternity brother Jay Ward, who had gone into the real estate business, and they formed the Berkeley-based Television Arts Productions.

Anderson turned a separate garage-apartment building behind his family's Berkeley home into a cartoon studio, where they made their low-budget, limited-animation cartoons for television.

Anderson and Ward, according to the Chronicle story, pitched a half-hour package of cartoon characters they wanted to sell to NBC that included spunky Crusader Rabbit and his pal Rags the Tiger — as well as Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties, Rocky the flying squirrel and his sidekick Bullwinkle the moose.

Of his creation of Rocky, Anderson told the Chronicle: "I had worked on Mighty Mouse, and he flew around. I didn't understand the mechanics of how a mouse flew — or, for that matter, how Superman flew. But flying squirrels do fly, and that gave him the mantle of superness without having to stretch the truth."

Bullwinkle grew out of Anderson's appreciation that there's "something majestic" about moose: "They're macho, but they have a comic aspect, with that schnozzola of theirs. There are few creatures just begging to be caricatured."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: California
KEYWORDS: coldwar; jayward; obituary; politicalcartoons; rockyandbullwinkle

1 posted on 10/26/2010 1:35:40 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

Mr. Anderson did good work. I remember all the characters he created as they were a part of my childhood (okay, I’m that old). Considering the competition he faced from Disney and others, I think he did very well.


2 posted on 10/26/2010 1:54:03 AM PDT by South40 (I can see November 2nd from my house!)
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To: thecodont

Rocky: “Gee...an unhappy ending!”
Bullwinkle”This must be one of those adult cartoons!”


3 posted on 10/26/2010 2:16:39 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: South40; thecodont

Yeah, Jay Ward was a jerk for trying to steal those characters totally. He very nearly succeeded. It was very good of Mr. Ward’s widow and daughter to be honest about it.


4 posted on 10/26/2010 2:17:53 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Gondring

Rocky: “Gee...what kind of games can you play with girls?”

Bullwinkle: ”This really is a children’s show, isn’t it?”


5 posted on 10/26/2010 2:54:49 AM PDT by Tigerized (pursuingliberty.com)
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To: thecodont

Ooh! That Boris and Natasha were always up to no good! Didn’t Rocky and Bullwinkle come on with “The King Leonardo Show”? Along with Tooter and the Wizard joining in the fun? Which one did Odeo Cologney (I think he was the skunk) come on with - Leonardo? - And who was the character who was “loyal and true blue”?


6 posted on 10/26/2010 3:33:43 AM PDT by Twinkie (I CAN COUNT MY REAL FRIENDS ON ONE FINGER OF ONE HAND! :O))
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To: thecodont

A productive life. Kudos and RIP.


7 posted on 10/26/2010 4:11:07 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: thecodont

Could never happen today. Anderson got his start with “Crusader Rabbit”, and there are people who would be offended by “Crusader Rabbit” today.

And God forbid we should have a cartoon featuring Porky Pig.

That’s all, folks.


8 posted on 10/26/2010 4:43:04 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: thecodont

maybe they’ll grant stateahood to moosylvania now...


9 posted on 10/26/2010 4:50:01 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: thecodont

Don’t forget Mr. Peabody and The Wayback Machine. Or Fractured Fairytales.


10 posted on 10/26/2010 4:58:57 AM PDT by ctyankee00 (Only Individuals have rights, not groups!)
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To: ctyankee00

Ah, wow. The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show was one of my favorite shows when I was little.

I had no way to appreciate the truly adult humor hidden inside those little Mr. Peabody clips, since I was so little. As an adult, I have concluded that the best children’s entertainment is that which has a surface story suitable for children, while also presenting a more sophisticated story for their parents. Very few cartoons rise to that level these days; most of them are just slush.

RIP Mr. Anderson


11 posted on 10/26/2010 5:25:29 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: thecodont
Jay Ward's first name was actually the letter J. In The Simpsons episode where Homer finally discovers his middle name, another generation's erudite animation team plays sly homage to this pioneer: Homer's middle name is -- Jay.
12 posted on 10/26/2010 5:28:01 AM PDT by RJR_fan (Christians need to reclaim and excel in the genre of science fiction.)
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To: exDemMom
Imagine a demolition company named "Edifice Wrecks." One of many throw-away one-second sight gags. Jay Ward admonished his crew, "Don't think you're so much funnier than the audience. If you think it's funny, they will, too." Steve Allen was on that team, I believe ...
13 posted on 10/26/2010 5:30:49 AM PDT by RJR_fan (Christians need to reclaim and excel in the genre of science fiction.)
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To: RJR_fan

“Don’t think you’re so much SMARTER than the audience.”

Sorry.


14 posted on 10/26/2010 5:31:45 AM PDT by RJR_fan (Christians need to reclaim and excel in the genre of science fiction.)
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To: thecodont
Let's separate the wheat from the chaff amongst the R&B fans. Trivia question: Who are the two characters with Rocky and Bullwinkle?

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15 posted on 10/26/2010 5:37:14 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Hey mo-joe! Here's another one for your collection.)
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To: ctyankee00

I loved fractured fairy tales. What a series of great shows!


16 posted on 10/26/2010 5:42:29 AM PDT by MBB1984
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To: Non-Sequitur
Gidney & Cloyd. The little moon men?
17 posted on 10/26/2010 5:54:53 AM PDT by Jed Eckert
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To: Jed Eckert

When I saved the picture for posterity, the GIF label had the characters names in the generic save box. This begs another trivia question. Did you really know the characters names? LOL


18 posted on 10/26/2010 6:05:16 AM PDT by SanFranDan
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To: Non-Sequitur

Gidney and Cloyd


19 posted on 10/26/2010 8:11:37 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Stosh
Could never happen today. Anderson got his start with “Crusader Rabbit”, and there are people who would be offended by “Crusader Rabbit” today.

What on earth would people find offensive about "Crusader Rabbit"?

20 posted on 10/26/2010 8:14:13 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

“What on earth would people find offensive about “Crusader Rabbit”?”

Mohammedans take offense at anything involving or referring to the Crusades.


21 posted on 10/27/2010 4:20:17 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: Non-Sequitur

“I don’t mind ya packin’ heat, Cloyd, but, you guys bein’ new and all, just a friendly word before the cops see ya: this state ain’t open carry!”


22 posted on 10/27/2010 5:47:32 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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